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Day centre for homeless in Bradford fights closure

by Neil Terry
Issue No. 2523

Homeless and vulnerable people in Bradford face a bleak future as a day centre in the city could close.

The Edmund Street Day Centre has been operating in the city for 40 years.

It provides a lifeline for thousands of homeless people.

It provides food, washing facilities, clothes and help with accessing health care and support services.

The centre is run by Horton Housing.

But Bradford council has confirmed that Horton Housing will lose its contract to run the service. Instead the council has awarded the tender to the Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army plans to run the centre from a venue 1.5 miles away.

Campaigners fear the service will not be maintained and will offer fewer facilities.

A campaign called Save Edmund Street Day Centre is up and running.

It plans to hold a public meeting on 6 October.

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Tue 27 Sep 2016, 16:24 BST
Issue No. 2523
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